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Program Length

Full Course vs. Individual Module

 

Full Course registration runs from July 5th to September 8th of each year. The full course schedule begins on September 15th of each year and concludes with the CCOA Examination the following June.

Registrants of the Full Course program are required to;

  • complete 9 Modules with assignments, submitted by the indicated due dates (progressively unlocked via student dashboard)
  • demonstrate and master practical skills, by completing the Practical Skills Checklist
  • attend a regional CCOA Program Workshop for review of critical concepts from each module
  • write the CCOA Examination in June

The overall cost of CCOA certification by Individual Module registration is approximately $900 higher than Full Course registration. However, this option is recommended for those wishing to work at a slower pace than the Full Course Registration cycle, or for those only seeking to develop training in a specific area of the clinic. 1 module must have been submitted on time (via student online Dashboard) in order to be eligible to attend a workshop. When purchasing a module, the registrant must;

  • Submit the module assignment by the indicated due date (deadlines vary)
  • demonstrate and master practical skills, by completing the Practical Skills Checklist

Individual Registrants seeking CCOA designation are required to complete the following within 24 months;

  • complete 9 Modules with assignments, submitted by the indicated due dates
  • demonstrate and master practical skills, by completing the Practical Skills Checklist
  • attend a regional CCOA Program Workshop for review of critical concepts from each module (additional fees apply)
  • write the CCOA Examination in June (additional fees apply)

 

Workshops:

The workshop is an integral component of the Full Course curriculum.  Assistants benefit from experienced instructors delivering in-depth review of critical concepts from each course Module. The workshop is designed to meet the training needs of those who are new or more experienced in optometric assisting. Complete workshop details are made available to all in November of each year. Workshop registrations are accepted from November 1st to December 1st of each year and are hosted yearly between January and March. The 2018 workshops are hosted in the following cities;

  • January 6-7, 2018                 Vancouver, BC
  • January 13-14, 2018             Calgary, AB
  • February 24-25, 2018          Saskatoon, SK
  • March 3-4, 2018                   Toronto, ON
  • Halifax, NS (Biennial, 2019, 2021)  Note* A workshop will be hosted in 2019 should we obtain more than 20 participants

 

Final Exam:

  • must be written during the exam period indicated in June
  • is closed book
  • is 2 hours in duration
  • has 100 multiple choice questions, covering content from all four modules
  • is limited to three attempts. Full Course registrants: fees apply for the second and third attempt

In May, eligible candidates will receive instructions to schedule their exam date.

 

Results: 

  • An overall grade of 75% is required to pass the CCOA Program for certification
  • Course grades are weighted 40% Module assignments, 60% Exam.
  • Results are provided immediately after completing the final exam. CCOA certificates are mailed to CCOAs directly.

 

Need to Know:

Registrants should anticipate spending approximately 15 hours study time per week. Practical skills will be learned in the clinic setting and further developed at the workshop.

 

2017-2018 Full Course cycle registrations will be held from July 5th, 2017 to September 8th, 2017.